With summer excavations wrapping up, some dig directors are calling up journalists to report their prize discoveries…
Excavations at Gath this summer uncovered portions of an earlier Philistine city, with massive fortifications suggesting that this period was the city’s actual heyday (=time of David and Goliath). This story by Ariel David is reported in Haaretz (premium), and Aren Maeir provides a pdf version. The Jerusalem Post has a brief account here. The Times of Israel write-up is here.
No, they didn’t find the archive at Hazor, but they did discover a staircase.
Excavators working at Hippos have discovered well-preserved mosaics in the “Burnt Church” that include poorly spelled inscriptions.
You have only two more seasons to volunteer in the excavations at Gath before they put the shovels into the shed for good.
In a video posted yesterday, David Moster looks at seven types of rare verses, including the longest and shortest verses in the Hebrew Bible. You can see a list of the rare verses in the notes below the video.
Madeline Arthington writes about her tour of the tabernacle model in southern Israel (with lots of photos).
A new documentary goes in search of the “Apollo of Gaza,” a bronze statue discovered in 2013 that disappeared shortly thereafter. The 47-minute video will be posted online until August 14.
The temperature at the southern end of the Dead Sea last week broke a record at 122° Fahrenheit (49.9° Celsius). That’s still under the national record of 129°F (54°C ) in June 1942 near Beth Shean.
HT: Joseph Lauer, Agade, Charles Savelle, Keith Keyser, Explorator